Corey Nakatani takes over the reigns on 9-year-old Kona Gold in Saturday's $200,000 Portrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at 6 1 /2 furlongs at Santa Anita.
Buddy Gil, upstart winner of the Baldwin Stakes on turf and the San Felipe Stakes on the main track, worked five furlongs in :59 seconds on Santa Anita's fast maintrack under Gary Stevens in preparation for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 5.
Saturday's $256,400 WinStar Sunland Park Oaks at one mile drew a top notch field of nine runners to the New Mexico oval.
A field of five older fillies and mares passed the entry box at Hawthorne Race Course for the $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap, headline event on the Saturday program.
John Oxley's Grade II winner Hero's Tribute has been installed as the lukewarm 5-to-2 morning-line favorite in a wide-open field of nine older horses set to go 1 1/4 miles in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
John McKee, an Eclipse Award nominee for leading apprentice jockey of 2002, will leave Aqueduct in New York March 30 and return to the Kentucky circuit.
Lisa Jackson, a groom at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort, died the morning of March 27 after a training accident at the West Virginia track.
Indiana Downs, which opens April 11 for its inaugural Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, has scheduled 12 stakes for the session that runs through May 26.
Grade 1-winning distaffers Raging Fever and Carson Hollow meet for the first time Saturday in the $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct.
Proven stakes performers Tres Touche and Al Skywalker meet Saturday in the year's first National Steeplechase Association Grade I stakes, the $100,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C.
The March 23 Orchid Handicap won by Tweedside, which was automatically downgraded after being switched off the turf, has retained its Grade II status.
Frankie Dettori said Moon Ballad's superior speed was the main factor in his decision to partner that colt instead of Grandera in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on March 29.
Only hours after landing in Dubai at 2:30 a.m. local time, Todd Pletcher was at Nad Al Sheba racetrack to watch his World Cup hope Harlan's Holiday work under the lights.
Edmund Gann's Midas Eyes, impressive winner of the Swale Stakes in his 3-year-old debut, will make his next start in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 19, trainer Bobby Frankel said.
Man Among Men, in need of more time following his disappointing seventh in the San Felipe, probably will pass the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on april 5 and point to the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (Gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles at Oaklawn Park a week later.
Koji Maeda's Japanese-bred Sunday Break worked a bullet seven furlongs in 1:26 2/5 handily around the dogs over Santa Anita's firm turf course Wednesday morning. Hall of Fame conditioner Neil Drysdale was on hand to supervise the son of Forty Niner, who went fastest of seven on the lawn for the distance on the day with jockey Corey Nakatani in the irons.
Phil and Sheva Chess' Indian Express, a fast-closing fourth in the San Pedro Stakes last time out, will make his next start in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 5, trainer Bob Baffert said.
Michael Tabor's Blue Grass Stakes bound Brancusi, a strong third in the March 16 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), had his first work since then on Wednesday morning. He went six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 handily over Santa Anita's fast main track.
Grade III winner Mayakovsky had his first official workout of 2003 Wednesday, logging five furlongs in :59 4/5 handily at Santa Anita under Tony Farina.
Shameful swept past the tiring leaders in mid stretch and then held off Wild Tickle to post a one-length victory Wednesday in the $78,650 Pine Tree Lane Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.
Nominations have closed for the four races at Oaklawn Park during its Racing Festival of the South. Medaglia d'Oro and Congaree are nominated to the Oaklawn Handicap.
Trainer Bernie Flint and Jockey Jason Lumpkins, who currently win at a 43% rate when teaming together, enter the homestretch of Turfway Park's Winter-Spring meet with single-season records in sight.
Oaklawn Park has raised purses $1,000 across the board in all races except stakes events.
Viewers can see racing live from Keeneland April 4-25 on TVG.
The subdued effect that war with Iraq is having on the $15.2 million Dubai World Cup meeting was evident at the official draw for the big race.
Among the trainers sending horses to New Mexico this weekend are Steve Asmussen and Ted West.
Godolphin Racing has nominated Tale Of The Cat's son Inamorato as its chief Kentucky Derby prospect ahead of his run in Saturday's $2 million UAE Derby at Nad Al Sheba.
Due to the recent detection of equine herpesvirus in three horses at Turfway Park, nearby River Downs has implemented procedures that must be followed before horsemen can ship in to their stalls or use the track for training purposes.
John Velazquez, who piloted Harlan's Holiday to victory in the Donn Handicap (gr.1) at Gulfstream Park last month, has decided to fly to Dubai to ride the four-year-old colt in Saturday's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
Senor Swinger, a son of El Prado, was sold Monday by Bob Ackerman and Barry Golden to Bob and Beverly Lewis and will be turned over to trainer Bob Baffert.
Glen C. Warren's surprising Candid Glen moved to the front in the stretch and held off a stampede to the wire by a neck to score a stunning 84-1 upset in Sunday's $650,000 Explosive Bid Handicap (gr. IIT) at Fair Grounds.
Fine Society provided the largest southern payout for Hong Kong owner William Choy with her demolition of the males in the first leg of Australia's Triple Crown, the $400,000 (Australian funds) Canterbury Guineas (Aust-I).
In his first serious tour of Nad al Sheba racecourse, Blue Burner worked six furlongs on Monday morning under exercise rider Amin Azar, getting the distance in 1:14 while preparing for Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1).
Anabaa colt Yell continued his rout of the older horses in the Australia Stakes (Aust-I) in Melbourne, Australia on March 22, stretching successive group I victories to three and his winning sequence to five.
Smok'n Frolic and John Velazquez went to the lead from the starting gate and never looked back to win the $108,000 Next Move Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct on Sunday.
In a battle of longtime training brothers, Mel Stute, 75, defeated Warren Stute, 81, when Buffythecenterfold edged favored Watching You by a nose Sunday in the $79,425 Santa Paula Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park.
Jockey Rick Wilson, who is flying to Dubai on Monday afternoon to ride sprinting sensation Xtra Heat in the $2 million Golden Shaheen on Saturday, got a nice sendoff with a rousing victory aboard John Newell's Deadline in the $60,000 Horatius Stakes for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park.
Chilean-bred Ema Bovary bounced back from a rocky U.S. debut to win the $59,000 Soviet Problem Handicap at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Stan E. Fulton's Crackup, who finished sixth in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) on March 8 at Golden Gate Fields, underwent surgery last week to remove bone chips from both front ankles. He will be turned out for several months, trainer Rafael Becerra said.
Trainer Craig Dollase said he is "strongly considering" the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) for Logician, the $520,000 son of Tabasco Cat that prompted the pace and held well to finish a surprising fourth in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
Eugene and Laura Melnyk's favored Tweedside disposed of pace-setting Amelia and danced away from San Dare and Hi Tech Honeycomb in the stretch to score a 5 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $200,000 Orchid Handicap (gr. II), switched from the turf to a sloppy Gulfstream Park main track.
Tomahawk, Ireland's top-rated 2-year-old of last year, got his 2003 season underway for trainer Aidan O'Brien with a comfortable win in the Oak Lodge Sires Loughbrown Stakes at seven furlongs at The Curraugh on Sunday.
Harlan's Holiday and Nayef, two of the leading contenders for Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup, had important works at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday and Sunday.
If Michael Tabor is looking to win the Two Thousand Guineas with Hold That Tiger, he may have to beat himself to do it. Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Tomahawk captured Sunday's 7-furlong Oak Lodge Sires Loughbrown Stakes at the Curragh.
Last year, jockey Dino Luciani wondered aloud if Krz Ruckus was getting enough respect. After his performance in Saturday's $108,000 Briartic Stakes at Woodbine, that shouldn't be an issue.
Paraneck Stable's New York Hero's valiant win in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds highlighted a five-stakes day at Turfway Park Saturday.
From Simple Pleasures Farm in Harrodsburg, Ky. to the powerful stable of Michael Tabor. The journey of Kentucky Derby hopeful Brancusi has taken his dedicated breeders, Nancy Much and Charles Whetzel, to the threshold of America's greatest race.
Trainer Cole Norman surpassed a 29-year-old Oaklawn Park record Saturday for most winners in a season.
Jockey Pat Day blew into Turfway Park Saturday from his winter home base at Gulfstream and came away with five wins on the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) undercard, including three stakes victories.
Presidio Heights put on a dazzling display of speed Saturday at Golden Gate Fields and upset 3-5 favorite El Dorado Shooter in the $67,400 Danville Handicap.
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